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February 3, 2010

Electronic Health Records in the Age of Social Networks and Global Telecommunications

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation (Drs Shachak and Jadad) and Centre for Global eHealth Innovation (Dr Jadad), University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

JAMA. 2010;303(5):452-453. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.63

On August 20, 2009, the US government announced $1.2 billion in new grants as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to promote “meaningful use” of electronic health records (EHRs) by all individuals in 2011,1 and to support the development of mechanisms for information sharing through EHRs in the United States. This investment is happening at a time of massive reduction in the costs of data collection, exchange, and storage; of convergence of technologies; and massive public adoption of smart telephones and online social media.